IQ test of E-Diagnostics turns me into a spammer

Dating based on your personality and your IQ is a great idea. You can’t imagine yourself dating with someone that is really smarter than you ;). Companies like Intelligent Elite and OkCupid are specialists in this field.

One uses a lot of statistical information and the other tricks a lot of people into doing an online IQ test.
How they do that?

It all starts with a message like this one in your inbox.

It is Friday night, what the heck, I will do this IQ test now. Of course I select the free version (I am Dutch after all).

In 10 minutes I complete the test. Well, actually, the 10 minutes are up and I still had to do 2 questions (hey, it’s Friday night). Than the calculations are running. “Huh, what’s that, I can not see the results.” I still have to do a few extra steps. That is one. Quickly I click on iGoogle, I do want to know the results now.

But wait a minute there is something with this link. I noticed it too late, but Marjolein Hoekstra @CleverClogs – explains it later via Skype (thank you for your help)

OK, I will just select only one person.

Continue to the next screen. Another question, if I am interested in friendship, dating, sex. I try to unselect them all, but that doesn’t work. So I select friendship, who is not looking for friendship?

Then I have to give them my location. I just pick something in the center of Holland.

Finally I see the results. And what do you think? These ladies have a similar IQ.

Within a minute after all this, I receive an email from someone I know but almost never send an email:

Why do I receive an IQ test from you? … Then I have to unsubscribe manually from the E-Diagnostics mailing list. Not cool.

Even though I specifically selected one contact, my complete contact list in iGoogle received an unwanted email from my Google account. That is what we call spam.

I do apologies

That is why I say I am sorry.
Also, I have sent a message via Twitter and Google+

If you did receive an email of me with the following text.

Erno Hannink has written you a message…
You can view the message on E-Diagnostics, the platform for personality and intelligence tests that are also fun! To read your message now, go to the following link:

Please do not do the IQtest, unsubscribe from the mailing list and delete the message. This way the spam scam stops faster.

The people working with this company are funny people. They also like asking questions on other platforms like Quora and then reply with their own company.

Hopefully we stop the spreading of this scam and please forgive me when you did receive an email like this from me, accidentally completed the test and really wanted to know the results.
You can also report them

By Erno Hannink

Sparring and accountability partner for entrepreneurs who create sustainable positive impact. Explores decision-making. Shares his insights on this in, articles, books (Dutch), podcast, newsletters, and tools. Has a life mission to reduce social and ecological inequality. Father of two children, husband of M., runs, referee for the national soccer league, and uses stoicism for calm. Lives in the Netherlands. Speaks Dutch, English, and German.


  1. Giving access to mail to a third-party is kinda dumb. But sometimes it has to be done.
    Google (in this case) should add some levels in the account for access by internet companies.
    For example: a level just to get all friends email.
    Hell, the user could just choose what to show BEFORE the third-party access.

  2. I just made the mistake of taking the test as well, and now all of my contacts have e-mails, and I can’t even tell who the e-mails were sent to! Commenters thanks for the links to report this to the authorities, I just did…

  3. I had *almost* hit the button “Grant Access” then I decided to look around to see if this was a scam.

    Thanks for sharing the info!!!

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